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The band, Antidote, has released two tapes in preparation for an upcoming CD. The first was entitled I'm On Fire (also the title of the new CD), which offered a promising beginning for a group which had its beginnings in a garage in Toledo, Ohio. I had written a review of the first tape, but held off in the publishing due to not receiving a copy of the band's bio. I'm glad I held off, because now that i've heard Applause, I can say that the band has indeed fulfilled the promise that was hinted at on the first release. The first release was hampered by an erratic mix, especially where the vocals were concerned, and the inclusion of a live track which should have remained in the archives. Perhaps the new tape owes some of it's appeal to the engineer, Alan Binard, or to Schwab studios. But clearly the band has progressed as songwriters as well. The first tape had a distracting amount of repetitive two chord patterns, and although the band still relies pretty heavily on the formula, it has learned to break it up in more interesting ways since the first release. The vocals are up front where they should be, and the addition of harmonies on occasion also adds. The melody and drive on the third cut, "Porn Queen" are notable, and some nice acoustic picking leads off the following cut, "Changes". I personally loved the change-up slap-funk of "Aimee". According to the band's bio, they are one of the hardest working bands in Columbus, taking any gig at any time. I just hope they keep working as hard on their songwriting and production skills, because if the improvement continues at the current rate, the new CD ought to be killer and take the band to a new level of recognition. - Rodger- "Breakthrough Connections" (Sept 30, 1998)